Starving, sick (very sick), abandoned, desperate – this dog suffered for everything, everything you can imagine. She was rescued by the Ghosts of Aspropyrgos – a Greek charity struggling under impossible conditions in one of the suburbs of Athens you wouldn’t believe even exist.
Her name is Elpida (Greek for Hope). I have never met her, but I have been watching her story through the charity’s Facebook page. There is something about her that makes my heart melt. Maybe it’s the fact that she is a hound – I have a soft spot for them, mainly because of my Apollo and because they suffer more than any other dog here in Greece.
Maybe it’s that look in her eyes, the desperation, the sadness and the sweetness of her gentle look, penetrating you through that photo. Elpida suffered from almost everything: ehrlichia, leishmaniasis, extremely low hematocrit, respiratory problems, jaunice and even sepsis. In other words, she was rescued days before dying.
An extremely difficult case to treat – every decision about how to proceed with her treatment must have been a life or death one. She received a blood transfusions, was put on oxygen, was treated for her diseases and she proved to be one amazing fighter. Elpida survived, she was cured and turned out to be a loving, sweet girl.
Rescuing a dog like her from dying and then watching spend her days in a shelter or going from one foster home to another is frustrating for a rescuer. Extremely frustrating. Every once in a while I was looking for updates on her in the charities page, and every time the disappointment infuriated me more and more. There she was, being shared again and again. Every time I thought I’d finally see an update on her being adopted and every time I’d leave the page swearing and wondering what the @$% is wrong with people.
Yesterday was one of the days I remembered her again, and looked for her hoping to finally see what I wanted. And I did. The sweetheart is adopted. She looks so gorgeous and happy in her forever home, that I can’t stop looking at the photos. For me, there was something about this dog. All of us here see so many day after day, that it’s overwhelming to the point where you are simply left numb. No feelings. But Elpida has something that makes me get butterflies in my stomach. I don’t know what that is – you can’t rationalize love at first sight anyway.
Click here to see Elpida’s entire photo album. If you wish to donate, the charity’s PayPal is: firstname.lastname@example.org